Dept. of Defense Top Lawyer to Address "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Dept. of Defense Top Lawyer to Address "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

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Date: 08/15/2011

Jeh Johnson, the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Defense, will deliver the keynote address at " LGBT Rights: Toward a More Perfect ​Union," a symposium sponsored by Albany Government Law Review on Oct. 13, 2011. Johnson will address the implementation of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal in the armed services at the daylong event at Albany Law School. Johnson, the co-chair of the 2010 working group that studied the impact of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” oversees all legal matters for the largest government agency in the world. 

The first panel will focus on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Panelists Maura Healey, chief of the Civil Rights Division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, and Roberta Kaplan, partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, will argue the constitutionality of DOMA in pending court cases against the U.S. House of Representatives in the First Circuit and in the Southern District of New York, respectively. Brian Raum, director of Marriage Litigation Center for the Alliance Defense Fund, will also participate on the panel.

The second panel, on family and workplace rights, features “LGBT Liaison” Matt Nosanchuk, senior counselor in the U.S. Department of Justice; Michele Kahn, partner at Kahn & Goldberg; William Singer, partner at Singer & Fedun; and Carol Buell, partner at Weiss, Buell & Bell.

Albany Government Law Review is honored to host such a prestigious group of government officials, practitioners and scholars,” said Daniel Levin, managing editor for symposia of the law journal. “There is no better time to host this discussion.” 

“Albany Law School and the Government Law Center are pleased to support Albany Government Law Review’s symposium,” said Patricia Salkin, Associate Dean, Professor of Law and Director of the Government Law Center of Albany Law School. “We are proud of the visionary work of the journal members who planned the event with the foresight of the shifting legal landscape in New York and across the country, establishing equality in the eyes of the law for LGBT individuals. This symposium is another example of the cutting-edge legal issues tackled by the members of Albany Government Law Review.”

The schedule of events for "LGBT Rights: Toward a More Perfect Union" includes:

Implementing the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”—1:30 p.m.

  • Keynote speaker: Jeh Johnson, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Defense

Discussion on the Defense of Marriage Act—2:45 p.m.

  • Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Brian Raum, Director of Marriage Litigation Center, Alliance Defense Fund 
  • Maura Healey, Chief, Civil Rights Division, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General

Family & Workplace Rights—4 p.m.
Moderated by Melissa Breger, Professor of Law, Albany Law School 

  • Carol Buell, Partner, Weiss, Buell & Bell
  • Michele Kahn, Partner, Kahn & Goldberg, LLP
  • Matt Nosanchuk, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General,
    U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division 
  • William Singer, Partner, Singer & Fedun LLC